Margavatara, Mārgāvatāra, Marga-avatara: 1 definition


Margavatara means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mārgāvatāra (मार्गावतार) refers to “entering into the (noble eight-fold) path”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “What then, the son of good family, is memory (dhāraṇī)? [...] (16) knowledge on the miraculous plays by the bases of supernatural power; (17) knowledge of the diversity of their abilities; 18) unshakable knowledge which is established in power; (19) penetrating the [seven] limbs of awakening; (20) knowledge without contradiction; (21) knowledge of the basis that is the entering into the [noble eightfold] path (mārgāvatāra); [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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